Love ConsciousnessMilan Karmeli
A deep exploration of the way we love in romantic relationships
Intimate relationships ignite a deep longing for merging and togetherness in us. We look for a safe and loving home in the other. But loving and being loved comes with its complex territory.
Many wounds from the past have left us feeling undeserving of love and with a heightened sensitivity for rejection and abandonment.
Behind the hopes, fantasies and beliefs about love, lurk the triggers of our wounds, as well as the challenge of bridging the differences between us.
‘Love Consciousness’ allows an understanding of the ways we love in deep and healing ways. We explore what happens when we bring acceptance of who we discover honestly into the relationship.
Relationships are mysterious in many ways and ‘Love Consciousness’ allows every participant to let their personal mystery unfold. Together, we discover what connects between us and what takes away respect and trust. We look at how it feels living in the skin as men and women, as well as, further deepen our understanding of the qualities we had to abandon due to trauma or conditioning.
This process is driven by authenticity instead of ideals or morality. We uncover and embrace our wounds and the resulting roles. This powerful meeting with our vulnerable self, (that carries true strength) forms the foundation for self-love and the building of significant connections.
When we accept that we’re always in the right relationship (whether good or bad), we can begin to look at why we find ourselves in them in the first place. This way we bring back the choice needed to decide to stay or leave, as well as, use our realizations as a source of learning and healing.
In this weekend intensive, you will explore some of the core dynamics that drive all relationships to understand what creates and hurts connection, trust, and responsibility, and how to express your needs in healthy ways. You will take a step closer to understanding how to live together while acknowledging the differences between us.
Many small and large interventions will support you in clarifying what you’re facing in your relationships and how to create the closeness you seek.
Join this powerful experiential retreat filled with experiences that allow you to put the pieces together. Relax into seeing that love is not unconditional and come to know the true benefit of a relationship.
‘Love Consciousness’ will teach you a new language with yourself and the other.
Techniques and work method
This process will be interactive and experiential. For every theme we cover, there will be a short theoretical introduction followed by individual or group work. Sharings, different forms of inquiry, family constellation, bio-energetics, and movement will form the basis of our work together.
Who this process is for …
This retreat will benefit people who seek to connect authentically and truthfully in relationships. The process is suitable for singles and couples. Join this deep and insightful process and create a new foundation of relating.
Friday: Arrival: 17:00 until Sunday: 18.00
For more information about participating in or organizing retreats, please CONTACT THE FACILITATOR.
A multi-cultural upbringing in Europe
I want to use this page to give you a sense of where I come from, some events that shaped me, and why I do what I do today. My given name is Ariel. In 2007 I changed it to the spiritual name Milan meaning ‘unity’. I chose this name as a commitment and daily reminder for myself to strive for inner and outer unity while walking on a path of truthfulness.
My parents were immigrants from Iran and Syria of Jewish descent, who settled in post-war Frankfurt, Germany in the 1950s, where I grew up as the second youngest of four children. A move to London at the age of 15 by myself was also, although early, an important incision point. Going to a public school there and living in the city created the basis for later career choices all immersed in the English language with an international flavor.
In 1996 I moved to Tel-Aviv. By that time I was a young father of two sons, and my third son was born in Israel. Tel-Aviv has been my base since and it’s where I live together with my life partner and our amazing dog Angelika (No one really calls her a dog!). I’m grateful for growing up with five languages of which I still speak three fluently: German, English, and Hebrew. They are part of the positive cultural diversity I experience. My work has always enabled me to travel extensively and it feels natural for me to connect with people from all walks of life and across cultures.
40 became a turning point
According to many traditions, age 40 marks a turning point in our life, and it certainly has been for me. When I turned 40 I completed 15 years in the corporate world, mostly as a strategy consultant for a leading consulting firm and some as an entrepreneur. In many ways a time of abundance, but also of inner withering away and self-betrayal.
While this period was essential in learning to work analytically and methodologically, it was also a time when my personality increasingly became a painful reminder of how far away I had moved from being honest with myself but also others. I couldn’t answer the basic question anymore of ‘why I was pursuing what I was doing’.
The pain inside had become too great to turn away and for the first time in my life, I went into a solitary retreat in the desert. I kept writing, and waiting for insights to emerge. They weren’t all pleasant, but very important to wake up to the workings of a life in the shadows.
The urge to look more deeply and more honestly became stronger. I suddenly got faced with my anger, my voice, the choice of my words, and the language of my body. It felt uncomfortable and liberating at the same time to see who I had become. At least I felt I have a choice now. What it triggered mostly was the desire for total honesty knowing well of the pain of inauthenticity. I wanted to uncover all the sophisticated ways I had developed to either not feel or feel in ways comfortable for me.
My studies made me dive deep and wide into the conscious, unconscious and the mysterious
“An intense period of self-exposure, experiencing and learning” followed. I felt shaken to my core but also a lot of clarity and strength returned. With the guiding wisdom of teachers such as Svagitho Liebermeister, Tarika Glubin, Gina Ross, Aneesha Dillon, Rafia Morgan and Turiya Hannover, who walk the talk, I was able to tap into perspectives hidden from my consciousness. Others who impacted my heart and soul are masters like J. Krishnamurti, Osho, Adyashanti, Thomas Huebl, David Deida.
The breadth of exposure to different disciplines and the understanding of hidden dynamics shape my work today. I listen to people’s words, feelings, their body language, and to the longing of their souls, and I bring it back for them to see and experience. A complete picture of who they’ve become and what seeks their attention and healing unfold.
Below are some of the healing modalities and approaches I studied. They presented themselves to me gradually. As I grew, my interest and understanding naturally took me to new fields of learning and experience, and that keeps happening.
Creating spaces for understanding and healing is my passion
I love working with individuals, couples, and groups. I believe strongly in the power of awareness, understanding, trust, and respect to redefining relationships within and without.
I find intimate relationships to be at the center of our life’s experience and learning. It is a place where differences meet, ideas clash, hopes turn into disappointment and we essentially get the chance to become more accepting and understanding of ourselves and the other.
‘Group work’ often becomes the pinnacle of my work as people meet as individuals, but acknowledge, understand and heal together collectively. This is a truly meditative and magical experience for all involved. I’m honored to be a channel for healing and helping people forge connections inside their hearts and souls.
• Family Constellations, based on Bert Hellinger
• Somatic ExperiencingTM by Peter Levine
• Breath work and bio-energetics based on the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen
• Primal work
• David Deida’s work on polarity